Advisors Used Fake Science to Advance Antigay Bill in Uganda


Remember how we reported that the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, wanted scientific justification for toughening penalties for LGBTs? And how all of the science indicates that he shouldn’t toughen penalties? And then he went ahead and toughened them anyway?

So, yeah, that happened. And now we have a better idea how: It turns out that his advisors lied to him. Surprise!

Our exact words were, “If we had to guess, we would guess that it’s a case of experts just saying what they think powerful elected officials want to hear, whether it’s true or not.”

And sure enough, one report wrote that homosexuality “needs regulation like any other human behaviour, especially to protect the vulnerable.” Vulnerable to what, exactly?

And a caucus followed up: “Homosexuality is not a disease but merely an abnormal behaviour which may be learned through experiences in life.” Nope, that is not true!

Also this: “Presidential Advisor on Science Dr Richard Tushemereirwe stated that homosexuality has serious Public Health consequences and should therefore not be tolerated.”

As we’ve pointed out, all serious medical organizations oppose anti-gay legislation, and most support marriage equality. But that still hasn’t stopped ideologues from ignoring all evidence and imposing their dogmatic rules on everyone around them.